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An Upcycled Toddler Space with Homemade Coloured Chalkboard Paint

4 April, 2013

I have been getting busy with the homemade coloured chalkboard paint again! I am a bit of an obsessive. It is just such a cool, simple and thrifty way to upcycle things and transform spaces. I’ve recently made over a useless little nook into a kid’s corner with it.

See, we intend to keep cosleeping for a while, the four of us, so our little tot Ramona doesn’t actually have a bedroom. We just have the family room- one massive bed and a set of drawers for each of us. Then dotted around the house are little areas set up just for Ramona- one of the spare rooms holds the dolls room and all of her teddies and downstairs she has a bench with her art stuff on it. And now she has a little space with a table, chair and some nursery style decoration.Upcycled toddler space using homemade coloured chalkboard paint

We found this little coffee table on the street, it is quite a handy size but I felt a quick lick of some homemade coloured chalk board paint would just make it a bit more fun.
Upcycled Kid's corner using homemade chalkboard paint
With the extra paint I gave some old frames a little makeover, and hooked up some big letters and numbers we got from a charity shop a little while ago.Chalkboard paint upcyling frames and table

It is quite common to see her sitting at her desk, working away or reading. What a poppet!

Here is a quick vlog of me showing how to whip up Homemade Coloured Chalkboard Paint

And here is a little How To with the coloured chalk paint and coffee table:

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DIY Rainbow Chalkboard Wall

24 January, 2013

Ramona has just learnt the joy of drawing on things other than paper. If things go deathly quiet you will be sure to find her tucked away in our lounge behind the curtain, scrawling all over the back of it. Last week I was at a friend’s place and our two poppets went missing for a good 15 minutes. We found them upstairs, a thick marker pen in each hand, COVERING each other’s faces in scribbles. (I even found some on Ramona’s bottom later on, as if they were looking for the softest, most receptive surface!) And just yesterday I walked past one of the only swanky plastered and painted walls in our whole home and spotted a fresh installation of orange crayon artwork. You have to admit, the graffiti lifestyle is pretty cool.

But, to keep us all happy we have dedicated a whole wall to her gangster ways.

Enter the DIY rainbow chalkboard wall.homemade chalkboard paint wall

I LOVE making my own chalkboard paint, it is SO easy and thrifty and means the whole world is your oyster in terms of colours.

You need:

A Wall
Different coloured acrylic paint
Cheap as chips tile grout
Paint brushes
A rapscallion tot with a piece of chalk in each fist

Add a table spoon of grout to half a cup of paint and mix well. Use masking tape to mask off the bits you don’t want the paint to go. You will need two layers of each colour. The genius of this homemade chalkboard paint is that it is super adhesive and sticks to anything, no sanding or priming needed.DIY homemade coloured chalk paint wall

Voila!

I am so pleased with our little chalk wall, it really keeps Ramona and her pals occupied, and covers up what was an exceptionally manky, pine cladded hallway.
Homemade Chalk Board paint wall

*dramatic sigh* “Walls, faces, curtains, bottoms… there are no limits to my artistic expression, Mum… I’ve just got to let it out… ” 

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Punk Lamp: Upcycling with old zips

28 May, 2012

A few months ago a derelict, half burnt down house around the corner threw open it’s doors. The new owners needed to clear out the junk that had sat there untouched for 30 years. You can only IMAGINE what kind of state I was in when I arrived. Breathless with eagerness. Sweating with hope.

I sprinted into the darkened corners, fear of rats melting in the face of frozen scenes of the Seventies. I was on the hunt and returned successful. A set of drawers, several singular drawers without the set, a few rusty door knobs (you can’t BELIEVE my luck so far, can you?) and a bag full of ancient zips.

I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them until I was sitting next to a lamp I had kind of upcycled (okay, yeah, just tied ribbon onto) and knew it had to go through it’s third re-invention.

Forgive this shockingly poor picture, it is the Before shot and you KNOW these have to be badly lit, blurry, involve scummy crockery. Also, I had already begun picking off the ribbon before remembering to snap it – I realise it looks a little like a half plucked chicken-lamp.

I had a funny comment on a post the other day, where we were discussing the rich, quirky history some secondhand items must have.  I said “If only the furniture could talk, eh?” and Inkomplete said “I sometimes make up stories for mine.”

Well.

Meet Deakin, the punk-chic lamp from Peckham.

This lamp is a wealthy lamp, heralding from a plush and exquisite mansion in St James Park orphaned but rescued by us in his teen years in 2009. Deakin quickly shed his stuffy heritage, embraced his feminine side and went through a kitch be-ribboned look in his early twenties, as many do. Deakin has reached what some would call a mid life crisis, but what he calls an “awakening.” Deaki is now an anarchist; squatting with some ancient Peckham rockers,  only a hat-tip to his old, more elegant life in a small rosette.

I just hand sewed the zips on. And pushed a bit of my homemade chalk board paint (you haven’t seen that Homemade Chalkboard How To? But you must. It will blow your minds)  in a navy colour around the base. I thought using chalkboard paint would add another dimension but also didn’t want to cough up for expensive tile paint.

The beautiful thing about adding tile grout to your acrylic is that it adds an abrasiveness which means it will stick to ANYTHING, where as normal paint would peel right off a shiny ceramic surface.

So, what d’ya reckon about Deakin eh?

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